Moose on the Prowl: O’s-Yanks Gamer X

The Yankees are on game four of arguably their toughest stretch of the year, with twenty games in twenty days, including:

  • three at second-place Boston (done),
  • three at home (starting tonight) against AL East cellar-dwelling Baltimore,
  • seven (!!) against their nemesis, the AL West leading Angels (four home, three away),
  • four at AL West second-place Texas, and
  • three at AL Central second-place Minnesota.

On paper anyway, this should be the easiest series in that stretch. But the Yanks are 4-5 against these O’s and – still occupying third place – need to get right back on track after falling short of the Fenway sweep last night.

The last time these teams met in late May, when Chien-Ming Wang and Ian Kennedy bookended the Yankee rotation, Joba Chamberlain was the Yanks’ feared 8th-inning set-up man, and Hideki Matsui was batting 5th on most nights, it was the Yankees pulling up the rear of the division, but they are a different team now in more ways than one.

Control wizard Mike Mussina, 3-0 with a 1.04 ERA in his four July starts, has been bumped up ahead of Rasner to stay on his normal 4 days rest and go for win number 14 on the season.  He is matched up against Jeremy Guthrie (6-8, 3.58 ERA) who last Wednesday lost his first game in nearly six weeks and who pitched well in an ultimately losing effort the last time these teams squared off (7.0 IP, 6H, 3 ER).

Xavier Nady will hear his name in roll call for the first time and much more if he manages to get his first hit in pinstripes and YFs will be waiting for word on the Jarrod Washburn front (dare we dream that we have seen the last of Sidney Ponson?).

Absolutely beautiful night for a game – comment away!

74 comments… add one
  • Though I don’t really believe Ath’s slump myths, I’ll still would love it if the Yanks show that they can bounce back from Ponson’s miserable day.
    Can argue either way though – it’s not like they lost 10-8, as the team wasn’t hitting yesterday either. Hopefully it’s just “one of those days” and won’t linger. And to be fair, gambling with Ponson was “fun” (for some definition of fun) but probably won’t do it if we were to sustain a serious playoff run..
    3 games back to the Rays, and 2 game back to the Sox, with the latter leading the Wild Card. Still plenty of baseball to be had.. go Moose!

    Lar July 28, 2008, 6:32 pm
  • > gambling with Ponson was “fun”
    Hopefully they keep in mind that it’s good to know set limits and keep to them.

    attackgerbil July 28, 2008, 6:52 pm
  • no sox gamer?

    rootbeerfloat July 28, 2008, 7:15 pm
  • Moose walks Roberts on 9 pitches to start off the game.
    Adam Jones struck out on 3 pitches.
    Markakis doubles to the left center, Nadysped there, dug it out, fires it to Jeter, who fires it home to beat Roberts by two steps. 2 outs!

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:16 pm
  • Markakis does go to third on the throw, by the way.
    So Nick M at third, two outs, and here’s Huff.

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:18 pm
  • Huff gets punched out on a pitch on the outside edge – and so the Yanks escape the half inning just giving up a hit and a walk.
    Moose up to 20 pitches, but considering Roberts started on 9 pitches, that’s not so bad.

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:19 pm
  • Here comes Guthrie – who has had a good year thus far, though I think he was injured at some point, and his last start was kind of awful. Let’s hope his level of awfulness continues today!

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:20 pm
  • Burnett goes to the mound against the Rays – and promptly strikes out the first three batter. That guy has good stuff, if he ever finds command.
    Of course, just as I said that, Longoria singles off him.

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:21 pm
  • Damon leading it off for the Yanks..

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:21 pm
  • And he strikes out on a low and inside pitch – swung over something slow. 4 pitches for the first out.

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:22 pm
  • They showed a graphic up, so apparently Guthrie’s last start was not too bad. I must’ve confused him with someone else.
    Jeter trying to get something going..

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:23 pm
  • Shields going for the Rays, so no one to shrug at either.
    Jeter absolutely got robbed. A smoker up to the right of the middle, and Roberts dives and on a hop, catches the ball in the air. I don’t know how to describe this better. And then with a strong throw he throws out Jeter. Two away.

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:25 pm
  • Abreu taps out for the third out. Guthrie at 12 pitches through 1 behind some strong defense.

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:26 pm
  • Mora having a subpar year, it seems – batting .249, though of course, just as I said that, he singles up the middle to lead off the inning.

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:29 pm
  • Scott singles to the right side and Mora takes third. So Moose in a bit of a trouble here, men at the corners, nobody out.

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:31 pm
  • Millar with a 3 run shot. Just like that the Yanks are down 3-0.

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:31 pm
  • With that HR, the Yanks went from 36% chance of winning to 23% chance of winning. Go Yanks!

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:34 pm
  • Hernandez, who must be 80 years old by now, hits a shot to right center. Back to back for the O’s and the score is 4-0.

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:36 pm
  • Just when we thought we were good again…not. 4-0. Here comes the losing streak to bring us back to earth.

    krueg July 28, 2008, 7:36 pm
  • I knew moose couldn’t keep pitching well.

    krueg July 28, 2008, 7:37 pm
  • Jeebus! Did Sid get the start again tonight?

    nettles July 28, 2008, 7:38 pm
  • Moose’s stuff isn’t missing bats today, and the O’s fouled off tons of pitches, starting from Roberts.
    Ramon Hernandez is only 32, but for some reason, seems like he’s been around for awhile.
    Moose _is_ getting ahead on everybody though, just not finishing the job because he can’t get the K..

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:38 pm
  • kreug – well is relative. I mean, Moose is 38, so a bad start will happen here and there. His ERA is still very respectable, at least as of this moment. Knock on wood.

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:39 pm
  • Ahh, come on guys. We’re playing the O’s, remember. We’ll come back. There’s lots of ball yet to play tonight. Moose always has a couple of rough innings at the start of games.

    nettles July 28, 2008, 7:39 pm
  • Juan Castro grounds out to end that streak of hits. They were all hard hit too..

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:39 pm
  • Here’s Brian Roberts.

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:39 pm
  • Yanks now with only a 17% chance of pulling this one out.

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:40 pm
  • Roberts flies out to left field, two away.

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:40 pm
  • Moose is already at 44 pitches though, so it looks like one of those 5+ IP games. If even.

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:40 pm
  • Moose gets out of the inning on a strong throw from ARod. 49 pitches, 34 for strikes. Looks like some of the strikes were too fat to be missed.
    4-0 O’s after one and a half.

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:42 pm
  • ARod up to face Guth.

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:44 pm
  • ARod crushes that one, but perhaps just got under it – about 2 feet from the wall in right center. One long out.

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:46 pm
  • Burnett and Shields still going at it – except Burnett now has the bases loaded with one out against the Rays. Boston down 1-0 to the Angels at the end of two.
    Here’s Giambi.

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:47 pm
  • Giambi goes the other way, and hits it deep, but not deep enough. about two steps from the warning track down the line.
    I hope this translate to runs soon..

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:48 pm
  • Cano pulls a grounder to the second baseman – an easy play for the third out. Guthrie at an easy 23 pitches through 2. Still 4-0.

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:50 pm
  • And the O’s with an 85% of winning at this point.

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:50 pm
  • Burnett did get out of that one, giving up a run on a groundout, so Rays up 1-0.

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:51 pm
  • Hadn’t seen it posted on here yet, but Jorge is done for the year. No surprise there, just hope he’s 100% in 2009.
    http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/07/28/its-official-posada-is-out-for-the-year/

    nettles July 28, 2008, 7:53 pm
  • Moose need a quick inning or two to go deep. But what he really needs is for the Yanks to score 10 runs for him.
    Getting squeezed a little bit on the inside, and Markakis lines the 3-2 pitch to Abreu, who made it tougher than it need to be.

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:54 pm
  • *needs.
    nettles – ya, they mentioned it during the YES game, but I didn’t know if it was mentioned during the other threads, so.. =)

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:54 pm
  • I guess if you give up two HRs early, you’re not going to get respect from the umps. Abreu played one horribly off the wall – it was a rocket to right field, and about 5 feet from being a HR. Still, Abreu made that look awful. Sigh.
    Men on second, and here’s Mora.

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:55 pm
  • I’m Gameday’ing it, still at work on the West Coast, so hadn’t heard.
    You’re doing a great play-by-play…keep it up! :)

    nettles July 28, 2008, 7:56 pm
  • *Man. I need sleep.

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:56 pm
  • O’s at 86% chance of winning. That’s ~1/7. Let’s hope this is the 7th! ;)

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:57 pm
  • The O’s are smacking it hard every time though, even if they’re not making outs.
    Though you can say the same about the Yanks, except that they’re not getting any results.
    Moose is getting into deep counts with everybody – the O’s are just fouling tons of pitches off with two strikes. This will be a short outing for Moose.
    Mora strikes out on the 6th pitch, so Huff at second with two outs, and here’s Moose against Scott, trying to keep the game winnable.

    Lar July 28, 2008, 7:59 pm
  • Thanks, though this is my last inning, probably. =P Got to get out of here.
    Mora took a really ugly hack on that one, and they’re replaying it on YES.
    Scott looks at strike three, a very good pitch and that’s it.
    Moose at 69 pitches after 3. It’s been a tough outing.

    Lar July 28, 2008, 8:00 pm
  • Moose has been up in the count on nearly everybody though – but the O’s are causing trouble by fouling a lot of pitches to get what they want..

    Lar July 28, 2008, 8:01 pm
  • Yank’s winning probability up to 17% Yay! That’s 1/6 and change! Yay?

    Lar July 28, 2008, 8:02 pm
  • Nady, Melky, and Molina up this inning. It’s a good time if Nady can get a hit here.
    Of course, it’s always good when Nady can get a hit..

    Lar July 28, 2008, 8:03 pm
  • I don’t know how good the O’s pen is, but let’s hope the Yanks can get the count up a little bit, and make him sweat a little bit..

    Lar July 28, 2008, 8:03 pm
  • Nady hits a little flare to third base. Easy play, and that’s one out.

    Lar July 28, 2008, 8:04 pm
  • Melky with an easy groundout to second. 2 outs. Bah.

    Lar July 28, 2008, 8:04 pm
  • Molina grounds out, and Guth at 35 pitches after 3. This game is draining the energy out of me. Yawns.

    Lar July 28, 2008, 8:06 pm
  • Well, I got to head out – go Yanks! Remember, it’s the O’s!

    Lar July 28, 2008, 8:07 pm
  • guthrie is sick. bedard reaped the benefits of pitching after him in the rotation last year. guthrie can screw a team up for a week.

    sf rod July 28, 2008, 8:08 pm
  • Had to chirp in with this – Moose catching a sky high pop up. And then gave ARod a friendly look. There’s probably nothing more to this, but just amuses me since ARod is uncomfortable somewhat catching them, and Moose made it easy. (And showed why he has all these Gold Gloves..)

    Lar July 28, 2008, 8:11 pm
  • Really? A-rod doesn’t like catching a pop-up?

    rootbeerfloat July 28, 2008, 8:20 pm
  • Anybody have a count of Jeter’s DPs this year? It has to be astronomical.

    ATLyanksfan July 28, 2008, 8:35 pm
  • This game is defining.

    krueg July 28, 2008, 8:35 pm
  • Jeter GIDP: that’s 16 on the season. Career high was 21 last year, 19 in 2004. This season is all alone in third.

    attackgerbil July 28, 2008, 8:46 pm
  • Grand slam makes it 11-0. Whoever predicted let-down: sooth.

    attackgerbil July 28, 2008, 8:56 pm
  • i hate this team again.

    krueg July 28, 2008, 9:03 pm
  • I gueds its good to get the runs scored against us out of the system now and get back to winning tomorrow. This loss is sterlings fault by the way, in the first inning he went on and on about how well moose has pitched lately and how he couldn’t remember his last bad start.

    Sam-yf July 28, 2008, 9:30 pm
  • XMan gets his first dinger as a Yank, a solo shot to make it 11-1.

    attackgerbil July 28, 2008, 9:32 pm
  • Damon hits a lightning bolt into the stands to make it 11-4.

    attackgerbil July 28, 2008, 9:44 pm
  • Just got in, and sad to see the Yanks down 11-4, though apparently Nady is pulling his ARod impression by hitting a HR that probably won’t matter, and Damon hits a 3 run shot. Ya, way to get the bullpen. Too bad Dave Robertson gave up 5..

    Lar July 28, 2008, 9:47 pm
  • Thanks for the GIDP info, AG. I knew it was up there. Rally killer…

    ATLyanksfan July 28, 2008, 9:48 pm
  • rbf – I’ve read somewhere awhile ago (sorry, no link, so maybe I’m making stuff up ;) that he’s not 100% comfortable – not to be confused with “suck” or whatever, but that’s what I heard.
    The backup squad with some hits. Betemit with a single. If only we weren’t down 7 I would be more excited..

    Lar July 28, 2008, 9:49 pm
  • Sexson pops up. Has he done anything yet?

    Lar July 28, 2008, 9:51 pm
  • ARod strikes out to end the inning. Maybe I should go to ignore the game. Maybe I’m the Ath of YFs..

    Lar July 28, 2008, 9:53 pm
  • Only enjoyment in this game was watching X-man’s first hit – HR over and past death valley. Well done. Too bad it left us losing by double digits still…

    IronHorse (yf) July 28, 2008, 10:26 pm
  • Well, we lost by 9, but ya.
    “Good” thing is that everyone else lost – Boston and Tampa Bay. Though the Twins won..

    Lar July 28, 2008, 11:32 pm
  • Yeah Lar, but when X-man homered we were still down 11-1 – that’s all I meant. Just a hideous game – making two in a row. Let’s not go into the Angels series like this please…

    IronHorse (yf) July 28, 2008, 11:39 pm
  • It’s about to be 3 in a row with sorry-ass Rasner starting tonight. It’s pretty sad when you are secretly hoping for Washburn to end up in pinstripes…

    krueg July 29, 2008, 11:47 am

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